Climate & seasons
With its temperate tropical climate, Tanzania has two dry seasons and two rainy seasons. The best time to get there is the great dry season from May to October. Avoid heavy rainfall from March to May and high temperatures in January and February. The small rainy season in November and December can be pleasant and offer splendid colors, it is also less frequented by tourists.
HEALTH & VACCINES
Although not mandatory, vaccinations against yellow fever, DTP, hepatitis A and B, meningitis A and C and typhoid are strongly recommended. An antimalarial treatment, prescribed by your doctor, is also recommended.
The local currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TSH). To give you an idea, 1 euro equals about 2800 TSH and 1 US dollar equals 2300 TSH. Credit cards are rarely accepted for exchange or commission. Prefer cash or use ATMs in the larger cities (Arusha, Dar El Salaam, etc.)
With a tropical climate, we advise you to prefer clothes made of natural fibres (cotton, linen...) in rather sober colours to blend in with the savannah. Don't forget: sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. We also recommend that you bring good, comfortable shoes and a warm blanket: the nights can be cool and damp.
VISA & PASSPORT
For most countries in the world, you will need a valid passport and a VISA to enter Tanzania (valid for 3 months). Please contact the Tanzanian embassy in your country for any questions.
Before leaving, remember to bring an adapter for your electrical devices. The sockets are 3-pin, 2 horizontal and 1 vertical.
LET'S TALK swahili
English and Swahili are the official languages in Tanzania. For fun, here are a few words in Swahili.
HOW ARE YOU ?
I DON'T KNOW
Habari gani ?